US officials said Friday the number of migrants arriving at the southwestern border last month was the largest in years, a sign that the surge this year could extend into the hotter summer months that the Numbers usually start to decline.
June also brought more migrant families to the border than any other month since President Biden took office, according to new data from Customs and Border Protection. In total, border officials there encountered migrants 188,829 times, the highest number in a single month in recent history.
The number of migrant children and adolescents arriving at the border has increased slightly since May, but influx has slowed since the spring when a steep increase led to Biden’s first immigration crisis as president. In June, an average of around 500 migrant children and adolescents arrived at the border alone, compared to around 600 a day in March.
The increase in family arrivals in June is still well below the record set in May 2019 when 84,000 families arrived. But rising totals and Mr. Biden’s rejection of President Donald J. Trump’s tough tactics against undocumented immigrants will soon force the administration to grapple with irritating political and political issues posed by the public health rule known as Title 42 largely avoided it.
According to internal data from the New York Times, nearly 15,000 children were in government shelters on Friday that were overseen by the Department of Health.
The number of single adult attempts to enter the country fell slightly in the last month; they were turned down 82 percent of the time under the public health rule.
According to data from Customs and Border Protection, 34 percent of all migrants encountered in June had tried at least one more time in the past 12 months to enter the country. The number of new migrants arriving at the southern border since October is only slightly lower than the last increase in 2019 during the Trump administration, the agency said.
The Republicans have taken up the surge in migration to the southern border – as has been driven in part by violence and poverty in Central America for years – and turned it into a political attack on Mr Biden. The party hopes the issue will shake voters up in next year’s midterm elections when it has a chance to regain control of the Senate and House of Representatives.